History Manga / BladeOfTheImmortal

14th Feb '16 11:19:15 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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* EarlyBirdCameo: It's very easy to forget, but Baro Sukezane, a major Itto-Ryu member who doesn't become important until volume 22, makes his first appearance in volume 12 when he delivers news to Anotsu while he's staying at the Shingyoto-Ryu dojo and Anotsu asks him to look for Makie.
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** [[spoiler:After stealing Arashino's massive left arm (and [[BodyHorror grafting it on his RIGHT side]]) and using it to kick ass during the climax, Manji ends the series after the TimeSkip with ''Anotsu's'' sword-arm in place of his own.]]
30th Jan '16 4:02:20 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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* AntiClimax: When the long-awaited final duel between [[spoiler:Manji and Anotsu]] finally happens, [[spoiler:Anotsu is [[DentedIron already so worn-down and injured from his just-finished epic duel with Habaki]] (and Manji is, of course, [[HealingFactor Manji]]) that it's not even a contest- while he's a far superior swordsman to Manji on a technical level, Manji just smacks him around with ease and hacks off his sword arm]].
30th Jan '16 3:47:51 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Yamada Asaemon, the shogun's executioner and sword-tester, is based on the same person as the protagonist of ''Manga/SamuraiExecutioner.''



** Subverted again. [[spoiler: When she begins to cough up blood during her battle with Giichi, he moves in to kill her and promptly gets his hand cut off. Turns out Anotsu had given her the cure long time ago, but she was hesitant to take it since in the beginning she didn't know if she wanted to continue living as a murderer and later she question whether her she wanted to life so bad that she had to eat the Asaemon pills that is made of human liver. She had faked succumbing to the tuberculosis by using the blood of a dead mouse in her mouth because Giichi looked strong and she need a diversion]]

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** Subverted again. [[spoiler: When she begins to cough up blood during her battle with Giichi, he moves in to kill her and promptly gets his hand cut off. Turns out Anotsu had given her the cure long time ago, but she was hesitant to take it since in the beginning she didn't know if she wanted to continue living as a murderer and later she question whether her she wanted to life so bad that she had to eat the Asaemon pills that is made of human liver. She had faked succumbing to the tuberculosis by using biting off the tip of her own tongue so she could appear to cough up blood of a dead mouse in her mouth because Giichi looked strong and she need a diversion]]



** The main arc is actually revolve around this trope as xenophobia happen across Japan, a non-katana user or foreign sword user is considered heretic and become an actual cause for expulsion or alienation. The Big-bad grandparents is expelled from his sword school for this reason and ended with creating Itto-ryu which is a school devoted to prove that katana and traditional sword-style is not better. For this reason through-out the manga contain many kind of swords and weaponry as the big-bad army try to prove katana and old-sword style inferiority.
** another thing is that since katana is the majority weaponry in this era, several character in this story such as Gichi actually devised a weapon and fighting style that can be defined as Anti-Katana making for normal katana user to be an easy target for them.
** And again, played straight during the finale, when [[spoiler: Anotsu discards his trusty axe in favor of a more traditional weapon during his fight with Kagimura Habaki who is the anti-thesis of Itto-ryu as he represent katana and old-style superiority giving the fight full-on irony]].

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** The main arc is actually revolve around this trope as xenophobia happen across Japan, a non-katana user or foreign sword user is considered heretic and become an actual cause for expulsion or alienation. The Big-bad grandparents is expelled from his sword school for this reason and ended with creating Itto-ryu which is a school devoted to prove that katana and traditional sword-style is not better. For this reason through-out the manga contain contains many kind of swords and weaponry as the big-bad army try to prove katana and old-sword style inferiority.
** another Another thing is that since katana is the majority weaponry in this era, several character characters in this story such as Gichi Giichi actually devised a weapon and fighting style that can be defined as Anti-Katana making for normal katana user to be an easy target for them.
** And again, played straight during the finale, when [[spoiler: Anotsu discards his trusty axe in favor of a more traditional weapon during his fight with Kagimura Habaki who is the anti-thesis of Itto-ryu as he represent katana and old-style superiority giving the fight full-on irony]].
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** katana sharpness is actually known for this capability especially the handmade custom katana, The mythbusters actually have tested the "bone problem" in katana cutting in their web episode only to learn that katana is sharp, thin and have enough force to cut through the bone easily. Manji (and presumably the rest of other character) actually regularly maintain and sharpen his katana to keep this capability.
** on the other hand, it's also mention several times in this series that not all katana in the series is well made or properly maintained to have the capability.

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** katana Katana sharpness is actually known for this capability capability, especially the handmade custom katana, katana. The mythbusters Series/{{Mythbusters}} actually have tested the "bone problem" question" in katana cutting in their a web episode episode, only to learn that katana is sharp, thin and have has enough force to cut through the bone easily. Manji (and presumably the rest of the other character) characters) actually regularly maintain and sharpen his katana katanas to keep this capability.
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capability. On the other hand, it's also mention mentioned several times in this series that not all katana katanas in the series is are well made or properly maintained enough to have the capability.


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* MasterSwordsman: The series is full of them, although surprisingly Manji isn't one of them- he's a great fighter, but leans on his immortality most of the time (he barely has any fights where he doesn't take at least one wound that would be fatal to a normal person). Anotsu, Habaki Kagimura and Yamada Asaemon are probably the most prominent examples. However, the trope is subverted when the two ''most'' deadly warriors in the series ''aren't'' swordsmen: Habaki's assassin Giichi, who uses a weird flying guillotine on a chain (and later a pair of chained sickles he borrows from Manji), and Makie Otonotachibana, the ''single'' deadliest warrior in the series, who uses a sort of three-sectioned glaive instead of a sword (and is [[ActionGirl also not a "man" either]]).
10th Oct '15 6:45:02 PM AndyLA
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Two years prior to the beginning of the story, Rin's father (a swordsmanship teacher) was murdered and her mother was brutally raped in front of her eyes by the members of the Itto-ryu -- a renegade sword school led by Anotsu Kagehisa. Rin vowed to track Anotsu down and kill him in revenge, and so she hired Manji to help her fulfil her quest. The series follows Rin and Manji as they travel through feudal Japan, fighting members of the Itto-ryu and other enemies, and meeting comrades with questionable morality of their own.

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Two years prior to the beginning of the story, Rin's father (a swordsmanship teacher) was murdered and her mother was brutally raped in front of her eyes by the members of the Itto-ryu -- Itto-ryu: a renegade sword school led by Anotsu Kagehisa. Rin vowed to track Anotsu down and kill him in revenge, and so she hired Manji to help her fulfil her quest. The series follows Rin and Manji as they travel through feudal Japan, fighting members of the Itto-ryu and other enemies, and meeting comrades with questionable morality of their own.



* ActionGirl -- Makie is the best swordfighter in the series, even beating out the main villain and the main character.

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* ActionGirl -- ActionGirl: Makie is the best swordfighter in the series, even beating out the main villain and the main character.



* AdrenalineMakeover -- Rin during her [[spoiler: search for Manji]] in volumes 20 and 21.
* AffablyEvil -- Anotsu is quite genteel. His treatment of Hisoka particularly displays this.
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl -- Played straight and gender-swapped between Manji and Rin. Both of them will go to any lengths to protect each other, and Rin actually states that a stranger's life doesn't mean as much to her as Manji's.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter -- Makie, particularly in Anotsu's eyes.

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* AdrenalineMakeover -- AdrenalineMakeover: Rin during her [[spoiler: search for Manji]] in volumes 20 and 21.
* AffablyEvil -- AffablyEvil: Anotsu is quite genteel. His treatment of Hisoka particularly displays this.
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl -- AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Played straight and gender-swapped between Manji and Rin. Both of them will go to any lengths to protect each other, and Rin actually states that a stranger's life doesn't mean as much to her as Manji's.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter -- AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Makie, particularly in Anotsu's eyes.



* AnachronismStew -- Dialogue ranges from period appropriate to totally modern, the various weapons and techniques range from primitive to steampunk.
* AnimeHair -- Magatsu sports a pretty impressive hairdo. It is later lampshaded by Master Sori.
* AntiHero -- Manji was a violent thug before starting on his quest (and he hasn't gotten any nicer).
* AnythingThatMoves -- Shira.
* AppendageAssimilation -- [[spoiler:Manji's bloodworms don't discriminate when they're healing him, they'll bind together any flesh available, whether it originally belonged to him or not. Cue Burando, the resident MadDoctor, figuring out how to transfer his immortality through serial limb transplants.]]
* ArmorIsUseless -- Averted with Shishiya Arashino's armor that makes him nigh-invulnerable.
* ArtEvolution -- As well as Samura moving from his painstakingly shaded and more realistic drawings (which are now only used for chapter covers) to a slightly scruffier, yet very dynamic mark-making style, some of the the characters are barely recognizable from the earlier volumes.

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* AnachronismStew -- AnachronismStew: Dialogue ranges from period appropriate to totally modern, the various weapons and techniques range from primitive to steampunk.
* AnimeHair -- AnimeHair: Magatsu sports a pretty impressive hairdo. It is later lampshaded by Master Sori.
* AntiHero -- AntiHero: Manji was a violent thug before starting on his quest (and he hasn't gotten any nicer).
* AnythingThatMoves -- AnythingThatMoves: Shira.
* AppendageAssimilation -- AppendageAssimilation: [[spoiler:Manji's bloodworms don't discriminate when they're healing him, they'll bind together any flesh available, whether it originally belonged to him or not. Cue Burando, the resident MadDoctor, figuring out how to transfer his immortality through serial limb transplants.]]
* ArmorIsUseless -- ArmorIsUseless: Averted with Shishiya Arashino's armor that makes him nigh-invulnerable.
* ArtEvolution -- ArtEvolution: As well as Samura moving from his painstakingly shaded and more realistic drawings (which are now only used for chapter covers) to a slightly scruffier, yet very dynamic mark-making style, some of the the characters are barely recognizable from the earlier volumes.



* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking -- Habaki Kagimura, a government official badass enough to [[spoiler:rip out his own eye from the socket when it was pierced with a hairpin,]] while barely flinching.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther -- Manji and Rin need to get a room at this point.
* AxCrazy -- Shira, Shira, '''Shira'''.
* BadAss -- Manji, Magatsu, Makie, Anotsu, Giichi...hell, nearly every other fighter in the series.

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* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking -- AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Habaki Kagimura, a government official badass enough to [[spoiler:rip out his own eye from the socket when it was pierced with a hairpin,]] while barely flinching.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther -- AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Manji and Rin need to get a room at this point.
* AxCrazy -- AxCrazy: Shira, Shira, '''Shira'''.
* BadAss -- BadAss: Manji, Magatsu, Makie, Anotsu, Giichi...hell, nearly every other fighter in the series.



* BadassInDistress -- [[spoiler:Manji]], during the Prison Arc, and Anotsu when he contracts tetanus.
* BadassGrandpa -- Sosuke Abayama.
* BadassMustache -- Kagimura Habaki. Also, Shishiya Arashino, TheBigGuy of the Rokki-dan sports one.
* BeautifulAllAlong -- Subversion: Rin tries to pull this off and gets laughed at by Manji.
* BigDamnHeroes -- All. The. Fragging. Time.

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* BadassInDistress -- BadassInDistress: [[spoiler:Manji]], during the Prison Arc, and Anotsu when he contracts tetanus.
* BadassGrandpa -- BadassGrandpa: Sosuke Abayama.
* BadassMustache -- BadassMustache: Kagimura Habaki. Also, Shishiya Arashino, TheBigGuy of the Rokki-dan sports one.
* BeautifulAllAlong -- BeautifulAllAlong: Subversion: Rin tries to pull this off and gets laughed at by Manji.
* BigDamnHeroes -- BigDamnHeroes: All. The. Fragging. Time.



* {{Bishonen}} -- Anotsu is remarkably delicate and softly drawn in comparison to the other fighter characters. He himself acknowledges his slender build when explaining his choice of weapon, and other characters call him "pretty."

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* {{Bishonen}} -- {{Bishonen}}: Anotsu is remarkably delicate and softly drawn in comparison to the other fighter characters. He himself acknowledges his slender build when explaining his choice of weapon, and other characters call him "pretty."



* BloodKnight -- The happiest moment in Shira's life was when he realised he had '''two'' guys he desperately wanted to kill no matter what.
* BodyguardCrush -- Inverted, in that Rin is the one with the crush on Manji, though he eventually falls for her as well.
* BodyHorror -- Way, way too many examples to list.
* BoxedCrook -- [[spoiler:All of the members of the Mugai-ryu, as well as most of the Rokki.]]

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* BloodKnight -- BloodKnight: The happiest moment in Shira's life was when he realised he had '''two'' guys he desperately wanted to kill no matter what.
* BodyguardCrush -- BodyguardCrush: Inverted, in that Rin is the one with the crush on Manji, though he eventually falls for her as well.
* BodyHorror -- BodyHorror: Way, way too many examples to list.
* BoxedCrook -- BoxedCrook: [[spoiler:All of the members of the Mugai-ryu, as well as most of the Rokki.]]



* BrokenBird -- Hyakurin and Makie, ''before'' their appearances in the story. As the storyline progresses it's more like "Completely Shattered Bird". Also Rin, and Doa, to some extent, though it's only implied from a few flashbacks.
* CallingYourAttacks -- "Flight of the Golden Wasps!", which everyone points out is a stupid name and a stupid move altogether.
* [[ChekhovsGunman Chekhov's Gunman]] -- Did ANYONE manage to predict the return of [[spoiler:Renzo]]?
* TheChessmaster -- Habaki [[spoiler:at first, but then as time runs out he resorts to more desperate and straightforward tactics.]]
* ColdBloodedTorture -- Instigators: Mostly Shira. Victims: Mostly Hyakurin.
* CombatPragmatist -- Pretty much every character that is not a {{Samurai}}, and the basis for the philosophy behind the Itto-ryu school.
* CoolMask -- Araya makes these for a living. Ozuhan is never seen without his.
* CoolOldGuy -- Itto-ryu veteran Abayama Sosuke, who kicks ass even when missing an arm.
* CoolShades -- Giichi's.

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* BrokenBird -- BrokenBird: Hyakurin and Makie, ''before'' their appearances in the story. As the storyline progresses it's more like "Completely Shattered Bird". Also Rin, and Doa, to some extent, though it's only implied from a few flashbacks.
* CallingYourAttacks -- CallingYourAttacks: "Flight of the Golden Wasps!", which everyone points out is a stupid name and a stupid move altogether.
* [[ChekhovsGunman Chekhov's Gunman]] -- Gunman]]: Did ANYONE manage to predict the return of [[spoiler:Renzo]]?
* TheChessmaster -- TheChessmaster: Habaki [[spoiler:at first, but then as time runs out he resorts to more desperate and straightforward tactics.]]
* ColdBloodedTorture -- ColdBloodedTorture: Instigators: Mostly Shira. Victims: Mostly Hyakurin.
* CombatPragmatist -- CombatPragmatist: Pretty much every character that is not a {{Samurai}}, and the basis for the philosophy behind the Itto-ryu school.
* CoolMask -- CoolMask: Araya makes these for a living. Ozuhan is never seen without his.
* CoolOldGuy -- CoolOldGuy: Itto-ryu veteran Abayama Sosuke, who kicks ass even when missing an arm.
* CoolShades -- CoolShades: Giichi's.



* CoveredWithScars -- Manji has scars over every inch of his body.
* CreatorCameo -- The mangaka Hiroaki Samura appears as a pinwheel seller in episode 10. He also did key animation for two episodes and provided a scroll painting in the 13th episode of the series.
* CurbStompBattle -- Any time Makie get serious. Also, in a great KickTheSonOfABitch moment, [[spoiler:Rin VS Burando]].

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* CoveredWithScars -- CoveredWithScars: Manji has scars over every inch of his body.
* CreatorCameo -- CreatorCameo: The mangaka Hiroaki Samura appears as a pinwheel seller in episode 10. He also did key animation for two episodes and provided a scroll painting in the 13th episode of the series.
* CurbStompBattle -- CurbStompBattle: Any time Makie get serious. Also, in a great KickTheSonOfABitch moment, [[spoiler:Rin VS Burando]].



* CursedWithAwesome -- The ''kessen-chu''. Manji was originally given them solely to keep him from committing ''seppuku'' and leaving Machi alone and his original motive was to get rid of them by killing 1000 evil men. Of course, he would have died in the first volume without them.
* DaddysGirl -- Habaki loves his illegitimate daughter Ryo, and in return has her absolute loyalty.
* DanceBattler -- Makie is incredibly acrobatic when fighting, using an almost capoeira-like style at times.
* DepravedBisexual -- Shira, who apparently has no qualms about raping young boys along with women. Sometimes it borders on [[AnythingThatMoves something else]]...

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* CursedWithAwesome -- CursedWithAwesome: The ''kessen-chu''. Manji was originally given them solely to keep him from committing ''seppuku'' and leaving Machi alone and his original motive was to get rid of them by killing 1000 evil men. Of course, he would have died in the first volume without them.
* DaddysGirl -- DaddysGirl: Habaki loves his illegitimate daughter Ryo, and in return has her absolute loyalty.
* DanceBattler -- DanceBattler: Makie is incredibly acrobatic when fighting, using an almost capoeira-like style at times.
* DepravedBisexual -- DepravedBisexual: Shira, who apparently has no qualms about raping young boys along with women. Sometimes it borders on [[AnythingThatMoves something else]]...



* DrivenToSuicide -- Since the story takes place in a feudal Japan this happens a lot, most notably in the form of ''seppuku''. However several characters openly criticize this, especially how common it is in their society.
* DudeShesLikeInAComa -- [[spoiler:Rin first kisses Manji after he passes out from exhaustion.]]

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* DrivenToSuicide -- DrivenToSuicide: Since the story takes place in a feudal Japan this happens a lot, most notably in the form of ''seppuku''. However several characters openly criticize this, especially how common it is in their society.
* DudeShesLikeInAComa -- DudeShesLikeInAComa: [[spoiler:Rin first kisses Manji after he passes out from exhaustion.]]



* TheDulcineaEffect -- Magatsu, due to his dead little sister, has a habit of going out of his way to protect any young girl he comes across, even if they're his enemy. So far it's applied to O-Ren, Tatsu, Meguro, Rin and Ryo.
* EarAche -- Both Giichi and later Anotsu suffer this.
* EarCleaning -- Once Rin starts behaving more affectionately toward Manji she also starts taking care of him, including offering to clean his ears, an offer he dubiously accepts.
* EatTheDog -- [[spoiler:What literally happens in one of Shira's MoralEventHorizon moments]].

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* TheDulcineaEffect -- TheDulcineaEffect: Magatsu, due to his dead little sister, has a habit of going out of his way to protect any young girl he comes across, even if they're his enemy. So far it's applied to O-Ren, Tatsu, Meguro, Rin and Ryo.
* EarAche -- EarAche: Both Giichi and later Anotsu suffer this.
* EarCleaning -- EarCleaning: Once Rin starts behaving more affectionately toward Manji she also starts taking care of him, including offering to clean his ears, an offer he dubiously accepts.
* EatTheDog -- EatTheDog: [[spoiler:What literally happens in one of Shira's MoralEventHorizon moments]].



* TheEeyore -- Whatever her choices, Makie always ends up depressed. Though to be fair her life has been one big TraumaCongaLine.

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* TheEeyore -- TheEeyore: Whatever her choices, Makie always ends up depressed. Though to be fair her life has been one big TraumaCongaLine.



* EyeScream -- Happens '''way''' too often, and nearly always in grisly detail.
* ExoticWeaponSupremacy -- Actually something of a plot point - the reason the Itto-ryu are carving their way across Japan is to get rid of the restrictions on weapons training, and one of those restrictions is that you have to stick to boring old katanas. As a result, the various ruffians who make up the main cast have all sorts of weird and wonderful ways to slice each other up, whilst regular swords are largely the reserve of disposable mooks.
* FaceOfAThug -- Dewanosuke, a simple, kind-hearted petty criminal who, in Manji's words, 'looks like a mass-murderer'.

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* EyeScream -- EyeScream: Happens '''way''' too often, and nearly always in grisly detail.
* ExoticWeaponSupremacy -- ExoticWeaponSupremacy: Actually something of a plot point - the reason the Itto-ryu are carving their way across Japan is to get rid of the restrictions on weapons training, and one of those restrictions is that you have to stick to boring old katanas. As a result, the various ruffians who make up the main cast have all sorts of weird and wonderful ways to slice each other up, whilst regular swords are largely the reserve of disposable mooks.
* FaceOfAThug -- FaceOfAThug: Dewanosuke, a simple, kind-hearted petty criminal who, in Manji's words, 'looks like a mass-murderer'.



* {{Foreshadowing}} -- [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone While dwelling on the atrocities he's committed trying to find a way to transfer Manji's immortality]], Dr. Burando mentions [[spoiler:that he successfully transferred it to one patient]] before abandoning the goal entirely. Some twenty chapters later, [[spoiler:Shira's not just back from the apparent dead -- he's immortal]].
* FromNobodyToNightmare -- Giichi, a shipwright turned governmental assassin. Also, Shira.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation -- Manji's sister, after her brother kills her husband right in front of her.
* {{Gonk}} -- Many minor male characters. Some of them resemble orcs more than anything.
* GoodScarsEvilScars -- Manji has lost his right eye and has two long parallel scars across his forehead and the bridge of his nose.

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* {{Foreshadowing}} -- {{Foreshadowing}}: [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone While dwelling on the atrocities he's committed trying to find a way to transfer Manji's immortality]], Dr. Burando mentions [[spoiler:that he successfully transferred it to one patient]] before abandoning the goal entirely. Some twenty chapters later, [[spoiler:Shira's not just back from the apparent dead -- dead: he's immortal]].
* FromNobodyToNightmare -- FromNobodyToNightmare: Giichi, a shipwright turned governmental assassin. Also, Shira.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation -- GoMadFromTheRevelation: Manji's sister, after her brother kills her husband right in front of her.
* {{Gonk}} -- {{Gonk}}: Many minor male characters. Some of them resemble orcs more than anything.
* GoodScarsEvilScars -- GoodScarsEvilScars: Manji has lost his right eye and has two long parallel scars across his forehead and the bridge of his nose.



* GratuitousForeignLanguage -- Two members of the Rokki-dan are apparently dutch and give out some very quirky one-liners from time to time.
* GreyAndGrayMorality -- Gets closer to BlackAndGrayMorality each time Shira is involved.
* HandicappedBadass -- Sosuke Abayama, second in command of the Ittō-ryū.
* HarmlessLadyDisguise -- A plot point revolves around the fact that Anotsu plans on travelling to Kaga undetected by disguising himself as a woman. [[spoiler:It's then subverted, as Anotsu turns out to have simply leaked some false information and then hired several prostitutes to pose as his decoys]].
* HeelFaceTurn -- Magatsu, the only one of Anotsu's Itto-ryu henchmen to survive his encounter with Manji and later becomes his ally.

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* GratuitousForeignLanguage -- GratuitousForeignLanguage: Two members of the Rokki-dan are apparently dutch and give out some very quirky one-liners from time to time.
* GreyAndGrayMorality -- GreyAndGrayMorality: Gets closer to BlackAndGrayMorality each time Shira is involved.
* HandicappedBadass -- HandicappedBadass: Sosuke Abayama, second in command of the Ittō-ryū.
* HarmlessLadyDisguise -- HarmlessLadyDisguise: A plot point revolves around the fact that Anotsu plans on travelling to Kaga undetected by disguising himself as a woman. [[spoiler:It's then subverted, as Anotsu turns out to have simply leaked some false information and then hired several prostitutes to pose as his decoys]].
* HeelFaceTurn -- HeelFaceTurn: Magatsu, the only one of Anotsu's Itto-ryu henchmen to survive his encounter with Manji and later becomes his ally.



* HeroicNeutral -- Master Sori.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold -- O-Ren was just a sweet girl who sold her body since she was thirteen to pay for her dying mother's medicine, and dreamed of being married to the man she loved when she became free.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl -- Isaku and Doa. Manji and Rin to a less exaggerated degree (see image above).
* IllGirl -- Hisoka, and Makie later on. Anotsu seems to get involved with these.

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* HeroicNeutral -- HeroicNeutral: Master Sori.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold -- HookerWithAHeartOfGold: O-Ren was just a sweet girl who sold her body since she was thirteen to pay for her dying mother's medicine, and dreamed of being married to the man she loved when she became free.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl -- HugeGuyTinyGirl: Isaku and Doa. Manji and Rin to a less exaggerated degree (see image above).
* IllGirl -- IllGirl: Hisoka, and Makie later on. Anotsu seems to get involved with these.



* ImportantHaircut -- Makie, deliberately making herself worthless as a prostitute. Hyakurin cuts her hair as an offering to a fallen friend.
* ImprobableWeaponUser -- Plenty - see ExoticWeaponSupremacy above. The mangaka admits that most of Manji's weapons are of his own design and have no historical precedent, but the grand prize goes to Giichi, who somehow manages to be one of the deadliest fighters in the series despite being armed with a ''guillotine-flail''.
* IncurableCoughOfDeath -- Subverted. [[spoiler:Makie has an apparently incurable respiratory disease, tuberculosis. Fortunately for her, Itto-ryu got a competent doctor to maintain her and during her last fight Manji manages to obtain a superior version of an in-universe tuberculosis cure, Asaemon pills. However, the medicine's effect is only temporary.]]

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* ImportantHaircut -- ImportantHaircut: Makie, deliberately making herself worthless as a prostitute. Hyakurin cuts her hair as an offering to a fallen friend.
* ImprobableWeaponUser -- ImprobableWeaponUser: Plenty - see ExoticWeaponSupremacy above. The mangaka admits that most of Manji's weapons are of his own design and have no historical precedent, but the grand prize goes to Giichi, who somehow manages to be one of the deadliest fighters in the series despite being armed with a ''guillotine-flail''.
* IncurableCoughOfDeath -- IncurableCoughOfDeath: Subverted. [[spoiler:Makie has an apparently incurable respiratory disease, tuberculosis. Fortunately for her, Itto-ryu got a competent doctor to maintain her and during her last fight Manji manages to obtain a superior version of an in-universe tuberculosis cure, Asaemon pills. However, the medicine's effect is only temporary.]]



* InstrumentOfMurder -- Makie conceals her weapon within a shamisen, which she also plays on occasion.
* {{Irony}} -- [[spoiler: One of the first of many terrible things we see Shira do is feed Rin the dog she befriended for sick kicks. He meets his end when he is eaten alive by wolves.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold -- Manji, to Rin, in the early stages of their relationship.
* KatanasAreJustBetter -- Averted. While some great swordsmen use the vanilla katana almost every serious threat uses a personal weapon that often have dishonorable or subtle movements to them. Tellingly the greatest fighter in the series uses a combination of a pike and three section staff. The ''BigBad'' (sorta, see ''GrayAndGrayMorality'') explicitly chose a Chinese sword and a enormous and deadly axe as his weapons to prove that the katana is worthless, and has so far succeeded. Particularly when a poor samurai gets a head crushing object lesson on why a thin sliver of metal isn't the best shield against a twenty kilo axe.

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* InstrumentOfMurder -- InstrumentOfMurder: Makie conceals her weapon within a shamisen, which she also plays on occasion.
* {{Irony}} -- {{Irony}}: [[spoiler: One of the first of many terrible things we see Shira do is feed Rin the dog she befriended for sick kicks. He meets his end when he is eaten alive by wolves.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold -- JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Manji, to Rin, in the early stages of their relationship.
* KatanasAreJustBetter -- KatanasAreJustBetter: Averted. While some great swordsmen use the vanilla katana almost every serious threat uses a personal weapon that often have dishonorable or subtle movements to them. Tellingly the greatest fighter in the series uses a combination of a pike and three section staff. The ''BigBad'' (sorta, see ''GrayAndGrayMorality'') explicitly chose a Chinese sword and a enormous and deadly axe as his weapons to prove that the katana is worthless, and has so far succeeded. Particularly when a poor samurai gets a head crushing object lesson on why a thin sliver of metal isn't the best shield against a twenty kilo axe.



* KissingCousins -- Anotsu and Makie are second cousins (grandparents were siblings) and blatantly romantically attached, although their relationship is pretty complicated.
* KnightTemplar -- Habaki. He was certainly obsessed with eliminating the Itto-ryu before, but now that [[spoiler:his ''seppuku'' is coming closer]], the man is ''obsessed'' with erasing not only the Itto-ryu, but anything and ''anyone'' that gets in his way.
* LadyOfWar -- Makie is the strongest fighter in the series, is graceful and quick enough to avoid the blood spray from all of her attacks, and is lovely enough to inspire Rin to jealousy.
* LetsGetDangerous -- Take her Manji away, and the adorable, averagely-strong Rin becomes a force of destruction against anything standing between herself and her man.
* LightIsNotGood -- Shira has a bright kimono with sun painted on it, and later his hair turns white. He is also an extremely sadistic PsychoForHire.
* LimitedWardrobe -- Manji's trademark black-and-white ''swastika'' kimono. {{Lampshaded}} in Chapter 141, where Rin is utterly flabbergasted to learn that they're actually sold in stores -- she'd always thought he'd [[RealMenWearPink sewn them himself]].
* LittleMissBadass -- Doa, who is a bit older than usual but still has the body type.

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* KissingCousins -- KissingCousins: Anotsu and Makie are second cousins (grandparents were siblings) and blatantly romantically attached, although their relationship is pretty complicated.
* KnightTemplar -- KnightTemplar: Habaki. He was certainly obsessed with eliminating the Itto-ryu before, but now that [[spoiler:his ''seppuku'' is coming closer]], the man is ''obsessed'' with erasing not only the Itto-ryu, but anything and ''anyone'' that gets in his way.
* LadyOfWar -- LadyOfWar: Makie is the strongest fighter in the series, is graceful and quick enough to avoid the blood spray from all of her attacks, and is lovely enough to inspire Rin to jealousy.
* LetsGetDangerous -- LetsGetDangerous: Take her Manji away, and the adorable, averagely-strong Rin becomes a force of destruction against anything standing between herself and her man.
* LightIsNotGood -- LightIsNotGood: Shira has a bright kimono with sun painted on it, and later his hair turns white. He is also an extremely sadistic PsychoForHire.
* LimitedWardrobe -- LimitedWardrobe: Manji's trademark black-and-white ''swastika'' kimono. {{Lampshaded}} in Chapter 141, where Rin is utterly flabbergasted to learn that they're actually sold in stores -- stores: she'd always thought he'd [[RealMenWearPink sewn them himself]].
* LittleMissBadass -- LittleMissBadass: Doa, who is a bit older than usual but still has the body type.



* LooksLikeSheIsEnjoyingIt -- Makie had [[spoiler: sewed her right hand closed so that she wouldn't be tempted to pick up her sword again]], and when Anotsu pulled out [[spoiler:the strings]], she started screaming in agony. Rin was sitting outside Makie's hut as they were doing this, and it's obvious by her expression and what she says to Anotsu afterward what she thought had been going on.
* MadeOfPlasticine -- The katana is a very effective cutting weapon, but seriously, taking off multiple limbs in one stroke is just ridiculous.

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* LooksLikeSheIsEnjoyingIt -- LooksLikeSheIsEnjoyingIt: Makie had [[spoiler: sewed her right hand closed so that she wouldn't be tempted to pick up her sword again]], and when Anotsu pulled out [[spoiler:the strings]], she started screaming in agony. Rin was sitting outside Makie's hut as they were doing this, and it's obvious by her expression and what she says to Anotsu afterward what she thought had been going on.
* MadeOfPlasticine -- MadeOfPlasticine: The katana is a very effective cutting weapon, but seriously, taking off multiple limbs in one stroke is just ridiculous.



* MadScientist -- Burando, or more precisely a MadDoctor.

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* MadScientist -- MadScientist: Burando, or more precisely a MadDoctor.



* MarketBasedTitle -- You know how successful the title change is when even the hardcore otaku doesn't refer the series as ''Mugen no Juunin'' (''Inhabitant of Infinity''), which is the original title.

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* MarketBasedTitle -- MarketBasedTitle: You know how successful the title change is when even the hardcore otaku doesn't refer the series as ''Mugen no Juunin'' (''Inhabitant of Infinity''), which is the original title.



* MistakenIdentity -- Manji is introduced to the Rokki when, thanks to sharing similar {{Distinguishing Mark}}s with their target, they mistake him for Itto-ryu member Sukezane Baro.
* MusicalAssassin -- Ozuhan carries a whistle which causes anyone who hears it terrible pain, though why this is hasn't been explained since Ozuhan is conveniently a deaf mute.
* MutualDisadvantage -- Shishiya Arashino fight with Manji starts with one having a HealingFactor, and other being NighInvulnerable.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone -- Burando again. He repents by visiting the families of his victims and doing proper doctor work.
* {{Ninja}} -- Took a while to show up, but it's eventually revealed the shogunate have got droves of them.
* NobleDemon -- Anotsu. See the character page.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed / MusicalThemeNaming / NamedAfterSomebodyFamous -- The villains in the first volume are named Gyobutsu Johnny ([[SexPistols Johnny Rotten]]), Shido Hishiyasu ([[SexPistols Sid Vicious]]) and Kuroi Sabato (Music/BlackSabbath). Doubles as ShoutOut given Hiroaki Samura's taste for these bands.

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* MistakenIdentity -- MistakenIdentity: Manji is introduced to the Rokki when, thanks to sharing similar {{Distinguishing Mark}}s with their target, they mistake him for Itto-ryu member Sukezane Baro.
* MusicalAssassin -- MusicalAssassin: Ozuhan carries a whistle which causes anyone who hears it terrible pain, though why this is hasn't been explained since Ozuhan is conveniently a deaf mute.
* MutualDisadvantage -- MutualDisadvantage: Shishiya Arashino fight with Manji starts with one having a HealingFactor, and other being NighInvulnerable.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone -- MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Burando again. He repents by visiting the families of his victims and doing proper doctor work.
* {{Ninja}} -- {{Ninja}}: Took a while to show up, but it's eventually revealed the shogunate have got droves of them.
* NobleDemon -- NobleDemon: Anotsu. See the character page.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed / MusicalThemeNaming / NamedAfterSomebodyFamous -- NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: The villains in the first volume are named Gyobutsu Johnny ([[SexPistols Johnny Rotten]]), Shido Hishiyasu ([[SexPistols Sid Vicious]]) and Kuroi Sabato (Music/BlackSabbath). Doubles as ShoutOut given Hiroaki Samura's taste for these bands.



* NoSwastikas -- Subversion: The name Manji refers to the Japanese symbol that looks like a backwards "swastika" or ''sauvastika''. He wears the symbol on his back, which is one of the reasons they didn't "reverse the art" in the US publication.

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* NoSwastikas -- NoSwastikas: Subversion: The name Manji refers to the Japanese symbol that looks like a backwards "swastika" or ''sauvastika''. He wears the symbol on his back, which is one of the reasons they didn't "reverse the art" in the US publication.



* OffWithHisHead -- Happens all the time to mooks, and it's very rarely clean and precise.
* OneManArmy -- Manji is the most blatant example, famously slaughtering a hundred police officers. However Habaki and Makie also easily qualify and, following the infiltration of Edo Castle, so do Anotsu, Magatsu, Baro and Ozuhan.
* OnlyAFleshWound -- Whilst Manji [[GoodThingYouCanHeal has an excuse]], even the ordinary humans can take ludicrous amounts of punishment and still remain functional, especially when one considers the decidedly primitive medical care available. Magatsu is a particularly big offender, repeatedly shrugging off getting ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice like it ain't no thing.

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* OffWithHisHead -- OffWithHisHead: Happens all the time to mooks, and it's very rarely clean and precise.
* OneManArmy -- OneManArmy: Manji is the most blatant example, famously slaughtering a hundred police officers. However Habaki and Makie also easily qualify and, following the infiltration of Edo Castle, so do Anotsu, Magatsu, Baro and Ozuhan.
* OnlyAFleshWound -- OnlyAFleshWound: Whilst Manji [[GoodThingYouCanHeal has an excuse]], even the ordinary humans can take ludicrous amounts of punishment and still remain functional, especially when one considers the decidedly primitive medical care available. Magatsu is a particularly big offender, repeatedly shrugging off getting ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice like it ain't no thing.



* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou -- Rin's current stance on the subject of revenge against Anotsu
* OnlySixFaces -- At the beginning this tended to occur with the female and minor characters, though it has improved significantly over time.
* PermaStubble -- Literally with Manji, as his condition makes him unable to either shave it off or turn it into a proper beard.
* PetTheDog -- [[spoiler:Ironically while being eaten by dogs, Shira tells Renzo to stop the CycleOfRevenge, though it's mainly due to the fact that it's nearly impossible to kill Manji. "--And don't ever listen to men like me!"]]

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* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou -- TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Rin's current stance on the subject of revenge against Anotsu
* OnlySixFaces -- OnlySixFaces: At the beginning this tended to occur with the female and minor characters, though it has improved significantly over time.
* PermaStubble -- PermaStubble: Literally with Manji, as his condition makes him unable to either shave it off or turn it into a proper beard.
* PetTheDog -- PetTheDog: [[spoiler:Ironically while being eaten by dogs, Shira tells Renzo to stop the CycleOfRevenge, though it's mainly due to the fact that it's nearly impossible to kill Manji. "--And don't ever listen to men like me!"]]



* PlayingWithSyringes -- Several volumes are dedicated to the human experiments on immortality.
* PluckyGirl -- Rin isn't strong, but she just won't give up.
* [[spoiler:PregnantBadass]] -- Hyakurin, after [[spoiler:being gang raped]] in "Beasts".
* PsychoForHire -- Shira once he leaves the Mugai-ryu. Or maybe even before then, to be honest.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits -- The Itto-ryu is a villainous example of democracy at its finest. The only criterion to join is strength: men, women, commoners, foreigners, thieves, rapists, people over two-hundred years old, people with three heads, anyone is welcome! The Mugai-ryu is a less extreme (but more dramatic) example.
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil -- This trope is one of the reasons Shira is so unsettling.
* RasputinianDeath -- [[spoiler:Shira's]] demise. Also, [[spoiler:Shishiya Arashino's]] death involves being set on fire and then hacked to pieces.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech -- Rin delivers a pretty amazing one to Doctor Burando.
* RecurringVillain=/=TheCatCameBack: [[spoiler: Shira]] just keeps on coming back, doesn't [[spoiler: he]]? More importantly, [[spoiler: he]] always comes back more dangerous and screwed up than last time.
* ReluctantWarrior -- Makie. Her mother taught her that being a prostitute is better than killing people. You can rest assured that when she gracefully kills you, she will look very, very sad.
* {{Revenge}} -- Deconstructed, as Rin and Anotsu begin to develop a much more complex relationship than that of "avenger" and "avengee".

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* PlayingWithSyringes -- PlayingWithSyringes: Several volumes are dedicated to the human experiments on immortality.
* PluckyGirl -- PluckyGirl: Rin isn't strong, but she just won't give up.
* [[spoiler:PregnantBadass]] -- [[spoiler:PregnantBadass]]: Hyakurin, after [[spoiler:being gang raped]] in "Beasts".
* PsychoForHire -- PsychoForHire: Shira once he leaves the Mugai-ryu. Or maybe even before then, to be honest.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits -- RagtagBunchOfMisfits: The Itto-ryu is a villainous example of democracy at its finest. The only criterion to join is strength: men, women, commoners, foreigners, thieves, rapists, people over two-hundred years old, people with three heads, anyone is welcome! The Mugai-ryu is a less extreme (but more dramatic) example.
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil -- RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: This trope is one of the reasons Shira is so unsettling.
* RasputinianDeath -- RasputinianDeath: [[spoiler:Shira's]] demise. Also, [[spoiler:Shishiya Arashino's]] death involves being set on fire and then hacked to pieces.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech -- TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Rin delivers a pretty amazing one to Doctor Burando.
* RecurringVillain=/=TheCatCameBack: RecurringVillain / TheCatCameBack: [[spoiler: Shira]] just keeps on coming back, doesn't [[spoiler: he]]? More importantly, [[spoiler: he]] always comes back more dangerous and screwed up than last time.
* ReluctantWarrior -- ReluctantWarrior: Makie. Her mother taught her that being a prostitute is better than killing people. You can rest assured that when she gracefully kills you, she will look very, very sad.
* {{Revenge}} -- {{Revenge}}: Deconstructed, as Rin and Anotsu begin to develop a much more complex relationship than that of "avenger" and "avengee".



* RevengeOverReason/
* RoaringRampageOfRescue -- [[spoiler:Rin and Doa when Manji is captured by the shogunate]].

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* RevengeOverReason/
* RoaringRampageOfRescue --
RoaringRampageOfRescue: [[spoiler:Rin and Doa when Manji is captured by the shogunate]].



* SanitySlippage -- Burando, who starts out as an idealistic (if immoral) doctor who ''actually believes'' that subjecting inmates to horrific experiments will bring progress. After he is locked away, he comes back... different (still a hypocrite, though).

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* SanitySlippage -- SanitySlippage: Burando, who starts out as an idealistic (if immoral) doctor who ''actually believes'' that subjecting inmates to horrific experiments will bring progress. After he is locked away, he comes back... different (still a hypocrite, though).



* SerratedBladeOfPain -- Shira possesses a large cleaver-like sword with barbs, which he usually uses to maim, shred and sometimes rape his (frequently female) opponents.
* SinisterMinister -- The priest who tries to kill Manji in the prologue. Also Eiku, who dresses as a monk.
* SinsOfOurFathers -- Rin wants revenge on Anotsu for killing her father, whose ''grand''father expelled Anotsu's grandfather from his school, while promoting his own son -- Rin's grandfather -- which is why Anotsu killed Rin's father in the first place.

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* SerratedBladeOfPain -- SerratedBladeOfPain: Shira possesses a large cleaver-like sword with barbs, which he usually uses to maim, shred and sometimes rape his (frequently female) opponents.
* SinisterMinister -- SinisterMinister: The priest who tries to kill Manji in the prologue. Also Eiku, who dresses as a monk.
* SinsOfOurFathers -- SinsOfOurFathers: Rin wants revenge on Anotsu for killing her father, whose ''grand''father expelled Anotsu's grandfather from his school, while promoting his own son -- son: Rin's grandfather -- grandfather: which is why Anotsu killed Rin's father in the first place.



* StalkerWithACrush -- Kuroi Sabato for Rin, and presumably other women in the past.
* StalkerWithoutACrush -- Rin for Anotsu, particularly when he goes to Kaga. Though he does make her incredibly [[FoeYay flustered]] sometimes.
* TheStoic -- Giichi, until [[spoiler:his son dies and he is "released" from the Mugai-ryu]], after which he finds no reason to live any more. Interestingly, his eyes were never shown before this.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork -- Manji and Rin join forces with various members of the Itto-ryu fairly often, and how "teeth clenching" their relationships are varies.
* TookALevelInBadass -- Rin, during the Prison Arc. Her attack "Flight of the Golden Wasps" is even ''useful'' for once!
* UnknownRival -- Rin to Anotsu, at least at the beginning.
* WaifFu -- Makie, Doa, Ryo, Meguro. Rin's getting there.

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* StalkerWithACrush -- StalkerWithACrush: Kuroi Sabato for Rin, and presumably other women in the past.
* StalkerWithoutACrush -- StalkerWithoutACrush: Rin for Anotsu, particularly when he goes to Kaga. Though he does make her incredibly [[FoeYay flustered]] sometimes.
* TheStoic -- TheStoic: Giichi, until [[spoiler:his son dies and he is "released" from the Mugai-ryu]], after which he finds no reason to live any more. Interestingly, his eyes were never shown before this.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork -- TeethClenchedTeamwork: Manji and Rin join forces with various members of the Itto-ryu fairly often, and how "teeth clenching" their relationships are varies.
* TookALevelInBadass -- TookALevelInBadass: Rin, during the Prison Arc. Her attack "Flight of the Golden Wasps" is even ''useful'' for once!
* UnknownRival -- UnknownRival: Rin to Anotsu, at least at the beginning.
* WaifFu -- WaifFu: Makie, Doa, Ryo, Meguro. Rin's getting there.



* WalkingShirtlessScene -- Ozuhan, even in midwinter.
* WeaponsKitchenSink -- The soldiers of the Itto-ryu use a wide variety of weapons, including quite a few exotic ones. This is actually a plot point; they're out to break down the mystique around the [[KatanasAreJustBetter Way of the Katana]] by destroying or assimilating every other dojo in the country, as they promote a philosophy of combat that boils down to [[CombatPragmatist "Go with what works" and "Seize any advantage to win,"]] and thus view over-reliance on a single weapon or fighting style to be weakness.
* WellIntentionedExtremist -- Burando. He does it all ForScience, right?

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* WalkingShirtlessScene -- WalkingShirtlessScene: Ozuhan, even in midwinter.
* WeaponsKitchenSink -- WeaponsKitchenSink: The soldiers of the Itto-ryu use a wide variety of weapons, including quite a few exotic ones. This is actually a plot point; they're out to break down the mystique around the [[KatanasAreJustBetter Way of the Katana]] by destroying or assimilating every other dojo in the country, as they promote a philosophy of combat that boils down to [[CombatPragmatist "Go with what works" and "Seize any advantage to win,"]] and thus view over-reliance on a single weapon or fighting style to be weakness.
* WellIntentionedExtremist -- WellIntentionedExtremist: Burando. He does it all ForScience, right?



* WhatMeasureIsAMook -- Specifically called out by Rin in ''Badger Hole''.
-->'''Rin:''' Truth to tell... I've '''never''' thought Manji's life weighed the same as some stranger's.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever -- While several people do, Manji is not one of them, when the story starts he's bored of life and laments the fact that confidence immortal body is causing his sword skills to slip.
** Eiku Shizuma initially seems like a subversion (wants to rule world) but lets Manji defeat him when he realizes how bored he's getting.
* TheWorfEffect -- Several characters fall prey to it. Most notably, Manji.
* WorldOfBadass -- Well, it '''is''' feudal Japan, after all.
* YouKilledMyFather: [[spoiler: Renzo Araya to Manji]]
** Deconstructed. Read the entire series, then go back to the point where [[spoiler: Most of the bad things that happen to him in the series (including running into ''[[SerialRapist Shira]]'') might not have happened if he hadn't chosen the path of revenge.]]
* YourDaysAreNumbered -- In the aftermath of the Prison Arc, [[spoiler:Habaki]] has been given a month to settle his affairs before he must commit ''seppuku''. Additionally, [[spoiler:Makie]] seems to have contracted [[IncurableCoughOfDeath tuberculosis]] in more recent chapters.

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* WhatMeasureIsAMook -- WhatMeasureIsAMook: Specifically called out by Rin in ''Badger Hole''.
-->'''Rin:''' Truth to tell...be told... I've '''never''' thought Manji's life weighed the same as some stranger's.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever -- WhoWantsToLiveForever: While several people do, Manji is not one of them, when them. When the story starts starts, he's bored of life and laments the fact that confidence in his immortal body is causing his sword skills to slip.
** Eiku Shizuma initially seems like a subversion (wants to rule the world) but lets Manji defeat him when he realizes how bored he's getting.
* TheWorfEffect -- TheWorfEffect: Several characters fall prey to it. Most notably, Manji.
* WorldOfBadass -- WorldOfBadass: Well, it '''is''' feudal Japan, Japan after all.
* YouKilledMyFather: [[spoiler: Renzo The entire reason why Rin is after Anotsu. Things start to get more complicated as the series goes on, though.
** Deconstructed with [[spoiler:Renzo
Araya to Manji]]
** Deconstructed.
Manji]]. Read the entire series, then go back to the point where [[spoiler: Most [[spoiler:most of the bad things that happen to him in the series (including running into ''[[SerialRapist Shira]]'') might not have happened if he hadn't chosen the path of revenge.]]
* YourDaysAreNumbered -- YourDaysAreNumbered: In the aftermath of the Prison Arc, [[spoiler:Habaki]] has been given a month to settle his affairs before he must commit ''seppuku''.seppuku. Additionally, [[spoiler:Makie]] seems to have contracted [[IncurableCoughOfDeath tuberculosis]] in more recent chapters.
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* LongRunners: In his last author's note at the end of the final volume, Samura noted that he'd been writing ''Blade of the Immortal'' for ''nineteen years!''
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* DistantFinale: [[spoiler:The final chapter leaps ''ninety years'' into the future.]]

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* DistantFinale: [[spoiler:The final chapter leaps ''ninety years'' into the future.future, to the time of the Meiji restoration. Manji is still around, of course, and Yaobikuni recruits him to protect Rin's granddaughter.]]
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* MirrorBoss: [[spoiler: During Manji's final fight against [[AxCrazy Shira]], the latter is [[OhCrap revealed to be immortal, just like him]]...]]
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** Four armed and armored shogunate guards run across [[spoiler: Shira]][[note]][[spoiler: He]]'s been missing for a fair amount of chapters by now.[[/note]] and attempt to kill [[spoiler: him]] on-sight. [[spoiler: He]] kills three of them in ''one panel'', and the fourth gets her arm cut off as soon as she tries to attack. You...don't want to know what happens next.



* {{Foil}}: Manji and Shira are this to each other; they're both similar characters, but Shira's lack of a moral compass is meant to highlight Manji's sense of right and wrong. (and vice versa)
** Isaku and Doa are also this, with Isaku's calm demeanor being a sharp contrast to Doa's hotheaded nature.



* RecurringVillain: [[spoiler: Shira]] just keeps on coming back, doesn't [[spoiler: he]]?

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* RecurringVillain: RecurringVillain=/=TheCatCameBack: [[spoiler: Shira]] just keeps on coming back, doesn't [[spoiler: he]]?he]]? More importantly, [[spoiler: he]] always comes back more dangerous and screwed up than last time.
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* ConservationOfNinjutsu: Zigzagged throughout the series, depending on the occasion.
** Main characters almost always have a much more difficult time against each other than they do when fighting armies of {{Mook}}s.
** Totally averted at the start of the Prison Arc, when [[spoiler: Manji]] is captured by a literal army of shogunate officers.
** Averted again in "Through The Deep Snow". [[spoiler: Manji would have lost to Shira if it weren't for the help of ''several'' other members of the cast.]]


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* RevengeOverReason/


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* YouKilledMyFather: [[spoiler: Renzo Araya to Manji]]
** Deconstructed. Read the entire series, then go back to the point where [[spoiler: Most of the bad things that happen to him in the series (including running into ''[[SerialRapist Shira]]'') might not have happened if he hadn't chosen the path of revenge.]]
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